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Riewoldt 'not carried away' by top form

By Robert Grant 17/06/2010 02:41:41 PM Comments (0)

Richmond are convinced emerging superstar Jack Riewoldt will not get carried away with the hype surrounding his recent hot form.

Riewoldt bagged a rare 10-goal haul against West Coast last weekend to head the Coleman Medal table - a feat which has sparked talk of an early contract extension.

However Tigers assistant coach Justin Leppitsch says discussions about lucrative deals - Riewoldt will be out of contract at the end of next year - are not likely to derail the 21-year-old from his main task.

Leppitsch says the emerging young star is keeping his feet on the ground ahead of the Tigers' clash with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night.

"He's terrific, he's got a great attitude, a great personality and I think he takes success very well which is what you need to do because if you don't take success well you'll end up down quicker than you got there," he said.

"He more than anyone knows he has to keep grounded and he's done a good job of that."

Leppitsch is also confident Riewoldt can handle the big load which will come his way as the Tigers' standout forward.

"If you look at every key position player in the competition, they tend to get the ball.

"It's funny, when Fev (Lions forward Brendan Fevola) was at Carlton he was the man who got the ball 70 or 80 per cent of the time and now at Brisbane he shares it equally with (Jonathan) Brown so it's just the way it is.

"Jack gets all of the ball if you look at our numbers too ... while you want to share it around you also want to go to your strengths.

"I guess every side has that problem - do we go too much to our key forwards or is it a good thing because it makes it predictable?"

Leppitsch spent 17 years at Brisbane as one of the league's premier full-backs and is preparing to meet his old club for the first time.

He believes he has an insight into the Lions which he can pass on to senior coach Damien Hardwick to help the Tigers' goal of winning two games in succession.

"I guess with the coaching styles I do (have an insight)," he said.

"I've sat with Vossy (Lions coach Michael Voss) in a coach's box so I pretty much know what he's trying to do.

"I'm sure he's changed a few things over the summer but I guess their personnel, like ours, has changed considerably - 14 new changes to their line-up so some of the players I don't know, but a large majority I've been able to help Damien out with."

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